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  • Lake view: Senators, congressmen need term limits

  • The founding fathers of our nation had the foresight to establish a representative government, one in which fellow citizens are elected to conduct the business of the nation in the capital each year, then return home to their chosen professions and families.
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  • The founding fathers of our nation had the foresight to establish a representative government, one in which fellow citizens are elected to conduct the business of the nation in the capital each year, then return home to their chosen professions and families.
    They managed the affairs of this great country in a relatively brief period of time because the government was not, and was not intended to be, involved in its citizens every day lives.
    How has the honor and privilege of representing evolved into a profession of its own?
    Career politicians no longer serve their term then return to their professions at home. Instead, a great portion of their post involves campaigning and fundraising for re-election.
    They pass bills that dig deeper and deeper into citizens’ lives.
    They serve on committees which increase their own power, influence and wealth while important issues go unattended.
    This is not what the founders intended. They imagined a government of revolving fresh citizens and ideas involved in the process. Would it be possible to establish term limits?
    Sitting congressmen and senators will never vote to limit their own terms, but it could be left up to the citizens on a national ballot.
    The president has a two-term, eight-year limit. Eight years should be the limit for senators and congressmen, too.

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